Transport and Travel

Travel corridors update

From Tuesday 28 July 2020, passengers will not need to self-isolate when arriving in England from:




Slovenia; and

St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Spain removed from travel corridors exemption list

If you arrive in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland from Spain on or after 26 July 2020 you will need to self-isolate. Travel corridor countries continue to be reviewed and will be removed immediately should the public health situation change for the worse. Take a look at BCC's response to the announcement that UK arrivals from Spain will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

Face coverings mandatory on public transport and indoor transport hub

Face coverings must be worn in additional enclosed public spaces from 24 July in England. In England you must wear a face covering by law in the following settings:

public transport

indoor transport hubs

shops and supermarkets

indoor shopping centres

banks, building societies, and post offices.

Transport operators can deny access to their public transport services if a passenger is not wearing a face covering, or direct them to wear one or leave a service if they are not wearing a face covering.

Face coverings are not mandatory for anyone under the age of 11 or those with disabilities or certain health conditions. Review the list of face covering exemptions and share with your members. See further guidance and details of the legislation from the College of Policing.

From 15 June, passengers using public transport are required to wear a face covering across all public transport. This applies to trains, buses, trams, ferries and planes.

Safer air travel guidance for passengers

This guidance sets out how to travel safely in airports and on aircraft during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Self-isolation lifted for lower risk countries

From 10 July 2020 you will not have to self-isolate when you arrive in England, if you:

This applies to all travel to England, by train, ferry, coach, air or any other route.

If you have been to or stopped in a country that’s not on the travel corridors exemption list you will have to self-isolate until 14 days have passed since you left that country.

When planning holidays or overseas travel, people should check the latest FCO travel advice on GOV.UK, including whether there are any self-isolation measures in place for their outbound or return journey.

If the country or territory they are visiting is exempt, they will not have to self-isolate on their return to England. Passengers should also stay alert to any changes to local public health measures while they are travelling, including by subscribing to FCO travel advice updates.

Travel corridors: countries and territories exemption list

From 10 July 2020, unless they have visited or stopped in any other country or territory in the preceding 14 days, passengers arriving from the following countries and territories will not be required to self-isolate on arrival into England:

Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are exempt as they are part of the common travel area. The 14 British Overseas Territories are also exempt. This list may be added to over the coming days following further discussions between the UK and international partners.

Information for travel into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be published by the Devolved Administrations.

Your stay abroad

You will have to comply with Coronavirus requirements in the country you travel to. This may include self-isolating or providing your details to local authorities.

Check Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) coronavirus advice for the country you are travelling to.

Make sure you have appropriate travel insurance in case you have unexpected costs.

Guidance for aviation operators and safer air travel guidance for passengers.

  • Department for Transport publishes COVID-secure aviation guidance to support operators and passengers.

  • Guidance for passengers and workers includes advice on wearing face coverings, checking in all baggage and creating safe work spaces.

  • When it is safe for restrictions on travel to be lifted, guidance will help the sector to protect staff and passengers.

Advice for employers

Transport and travel guidance

Guidance and information for people using transport or working in the transport sector during the Coronavirus outbreak.

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